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9/8/2001

Investigators seek na

The Associated Press

DULLES, Va. — Colorado investigators are seeking the identity of an America Online subscriber who posted a message on an Internet bulletin board saying he witnessed the 1996 slaying of JonBenet Ramsey .

Boulder Police Detective Thomas Trujillo asked Loudoun County investigators to file a search warrant in Loudoun Circuit Court asking AOL for the subscriber’s name, other screen names, e-mail files, buddy lists and aliases, The Washington Post reported.

“It is not, in our estimation, any more significant than any number of tips that we’ve received in the past five years,” Boulder city spokeswoman Jana Peterson told Denver’s KUSA-TV.

“Occasionally we get a tip or two that seems to be something we want to follow up on.”

She souldn’t say whether police have contacted the person who posted the message.

Boulder police Chief Mark Beckner and Trujillo did not immediately return messages by The Associated Press seeking comment Friday night. Loudoun County officials said no one would be available for comment until Monday.

According to the affidavit for the warrant, Beckner received an e-mail Aug. 8 from an AOL user saying that a “confession” had been posted on a Web site devoted to JonBenet. Detectives reviewing the site found an Aug. 7 message posted by “BnJazzy4ever45.”

“I feel so guilty for what I’ve. Done,” the message read. “I was there when the whole thing occurred. I never wanted any part in it, but they said if I didn’t help I would be killed as well. I was only 14 when this took place, so I went along with the whole plan.”

The e-mail also says whoever killed the 6-year-old beauty queen was a handyman in the Ramsey home who had a key to the family’s home.

AOL spokesman Nicholas Graham told the AP on Friday that the Dulles-based company were cooperating with authorities.